My gut tells me the New England Patriots will be the Super Bowl Champions.
My gut has lead to a lot of bad decisions over the years and a rare good one, sports and otherwise, but I digress.
The Seattle Seahawks on the other hand seem to be blessed by the hand of God, destined for Super Bowl glory.
Destined like Romeo and Juliet, like Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone, like Michelangelo and pizza.
All of those relationships had rocky roads, peaks and valleys, and while one ended in tragedy, the others lived on through the folklore of the millennial age (just ask any teenager or 25-year-old).
Like the Seahawks, any one of those results is completely plausible given the turmoil and slow ascension to the NFC’s best.
The story was written, and the ending in week seven looked as ominous as Ron Burgundy winning a fight against a bear, but somehow, it happened.
The Seahawks were in the bear’s den in week seven, they were 3-3 and in turmoil.
The team was falling apart, Percy Harvin (their best wide receiver) got traded, Marshawn Lynch wasn't coming back and they lost to back-to-back games to Dallas and St. Louis. But they won their division, got home field advantage and it was like everyone forgot the struggling team from week seven. They got the girl and destiny continued forward like the fight with a bear was never a possibility.
Destiny has a funny way of being redefined in an instance too, or in this case during one of the biggest comebacks in NFC Championship history.
Scoring 22 points in a quarter and a half and then booking their ticket to Arizona in overtime. If you need a definition of destiny, just watch the ball slip through a third string tight ends’ hands with the best receiver on the team behind him on an onside kick.
Or a fourth down fake field goal turned touchdown. Or a two point conversion against a cornerback who already had two interceptions in the game.
But to talk of destiny, it would be remiss to forget about the New England Patriots, after all that Seahawk destiny talk, are my pick to win the game.
The Patriots are like the unwanted sequel, like Anchorman 2, or the reengineered Ninja Turtles.
It was bad for a while, it was ugly, but in the end you believe it’s going to deliver most of the things you know and love.
The Patriots know and love winning in the playoffs.
Bill Belichick has more playoff wins than any coach in football history. More often than not, in these situations he wins. Three Super Bowls in the last ten years will tell you that. The patriots have an underdog story of their own, the legendary Tom Brady's career was suggested it might be finished in week four. Now he might be the MVP. This Super Bowl is as split as one has been in the last decade. It will surely be decide by six points or less. On offense, both teams have great QB’s. But the Pats have a slight edge with Super Bowl pedigree (three rings over Wilson’s one). Lynch is the better running back by far. But his impact on offense will be similar or less than what Rob Gronkowski will be for the Pats. Both teams have great defenses. One is ranked great, and the other has been making great plays as a collective despite poor numbers.
The best defensive players are on the Seahawks side with a few question marks surrounding their key players like Richard Sherman. How hurt is the best corner in the NFL after an arm injury last week? How does that affect arguably the best defense in the NFL?
They are not the best-ranked defense in the NFL by fluke though, and Sherman isn’t the sole reason for that.
On the other side, Darrelle Revis can mitigate the Seahawks best receivers without any other options.
Jamie Collins has been a revelation at the linebacker position, a reincarnation of Teddy Bruschi.
Regardless, Seahawks have the edge on defense.The two best kickers in an indoor stadium cancel each other out. This game will be decided in a small battle within the game and in my mind the Patriots would be best served to make sure that difference is their trusted tight end. Fate and destiny meet an immovable object.
The Patriots will let the Seahawks destiny story end the way of Romeo and Juliet, but probably not in as grand a fashion. Patriots pull out a 24-21 win.